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"Get it now (the game that is)"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

If you take anything away from this review and others, it's “buy this game” – you will not be disappointed.

For those familiar with the Total War:Rome seies you will find yourself in familiar territory here. The campaign tactical map plays out pretty much the same way with some excellent tweaks and improvements (such as chosing if you want a castle for a military stronghold or a city for an economic stronghold).

For those not familiar with the Total War series there are elements of Civ IV strategy, but this is built upon with stunning 3D battles played out by your units. The battles themselves are intense and just plain ‘fun’ to play and watch. I would go so far as to say some of my best gaming experiences have come watching my flaming catapults decimate the enemy ranks in a night battle. The ability to manipulate the camera fast and to virtually any angle only adds to atmosphere that can be created.

The only criticism I could find is that the AI on ‘medium’ setting sometimes does some silly things (like stand there and get slaughtered by your siege equipment – which to be honest is a lot of fun to watch), however I haven't got the bravado to try AI on ‘hard’ as of yet.

Put simply this is the best game I have played this year or even the year before or the year before that. The dynamic campaign ensures some degree of re playability as will the expansion that will no doubt be released sometime in the future.

5/5 Simply brilliant. Buy it, you wont be disappointed.

"M2 TW - the best so far..."
3 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Like many other global TW fans I have played and loved them all. M2 had to deliver as expectation was huge & for me it certainly did. The whole packaging, manual maps & extra goodies was a pleasant suprise & this just made me want to install the game faster. Improved gameplay & animation take it to another level. History will never be the same & I suppose this is how they will teach & simulate history in the classrooms of the future. Play the tutorial if your new to the TW series but even if your expereinced it's still a good refresher. The battlefields feel & look like the maps of Elder Scrolls – Oblivion. The grass & trees actually sway in the summer breeze. The detail on the faction armies like armour & weapons is detailed & brilliant. Be sure you have a good mid to top end PC for this game. Everything maxed out on a low end PC would slow everything down to a crawl. Even with my 1 Gig Ram & BFG Nvidia 6600GT G card its OK on medium settings but I think it would struggle on the highest settings. Oh well it's just a timely reminder for me to upgrade my PC. Anyway back to the campaign to battle France over Normandy … Unleash Hell !

"JUST TOO GOOD"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Played it for a few mins n it just blow me off my chair, most recommanded game of the year, more like the only best game of the year, theres a few bugs but it will be taken care of in the patch comin up. This game is 10 out of 10, i even give it a 6 star.

Description

The Medieval II Collector's Edition will contain:
  • Game on DVD-ROM
  • Exclusive Medieval II: Total War Figurine in its own packaging
  • 4 x exclusive Medieval II: Total War high quality artcards
  • Exclusive "Making Of" documentary
  • Medieval II: Total War Soundtrack CD
  • Exclusive Medieval II: Total War Game Map
  • Collector's Edition game manual with exclusive cover
  • A special Collector's Edition "Building Planner" poster
  • Exclusive game packaging
Medieval II is the latest and greatest game to be released in the best selling and award-winning Total War series. Set in the years 1080-1530 the most turbulent period in European history, the game combines a vast, deep-thinking turn-based strategy campaign with the most cinematic, epic and brutal real-time battles ever seen in the genre.

A vastly enhanced version of the Total War engine vividly portrays the pure bloodlust of Medieval warfare with massive battles of more than 10,000 troops splayed across new graphically rich environments. For the first time in the Total War series each troop is an individual, garbed with the rich heraldic colours and glinting arms and armour of the period.

On the battlefield they'll survey their surroundings for threats and incoming opponents and react accordingly. When engaged they'll string together a series of devastating moves as Medieval 2's new combat animation brings the conflict to life like never before. Total War has never been so ferocious or realistic.

The Medieval 2 grand campaign will hand you the reins of one of an emerging faction as you set about sweeping throughout Europe, conquering all before you. Expand your borders and develop your lands for wealth and prosperity by building cities or swell your army by constructing vast castles to protect your land and keep your rivals quaking with fear.

Use Princesses for diplomatic gain, Priests to spread the influence of your religious beliefs and Merchants to fill your coffers for your war effort. All the time the Pope and the Papal States watch over the Christian world, assessing the strength of your faith and making demands to prove your loyalty. Do you cater to his whims and avoid excommunication or plot his downfall and rig the papal elections to place your own Pope in power?

Features:
  • Real-Time Battles On a Massive Scale
  • A legion of more than 250 new and unique units split over 21 factions, each with their own new special abilities that open up a wealth of intuitive battlefield tactics
  • Advanced Combat System: Zoom to the frontline and witness the fast, visceral melee combat enhanced by new spectacular battlefield animations. Troops block and parry attack moves and string together deadly combo attacks and finishing moves before scanning the battlefield for their next kill
  • New Explosive Sieges: Embark on spectacular siege battles as huge armies and fearsome siege machines rumble into action. Devastating cannon, pummel imposing defences of fully destructible cities and castles before setting them aflame under the night sky
  • Advanced Lighting and Richer Environments: A newly enhanced graphics engine brings the battlefield environment to life like never before. The stunningly realistic landscapes feature detailed vegetation with sprawling settlements. Newly detailed dynamic weather effects beat down on new terrain types illuminated by enhanced lighting that captures every glint and spark as arms and armour clash under a gleaming sun
  • Enhanced Multiplayer Battles: New multiplayer battle modes will ease the player's passage to the battlefield and keep the online conflict raging
  • A New All-Conquering Campaign: A huge campaign spanning from the years 1080-1530, that will take the player beyond the first Crusade up until the dawn of the renaissance. An extended campaign map will allow passage to South and Central America bringing the player into battle with the Aztecs
  • New Settlement Types
Release date NZ
November 17th, 2006
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5060138430006
Product ID
1515494

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